Contact Us

General energy and sustainability inquiries: cumc-energy@columbia.edu

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You'll receive alerts about upcoming meetings of the Green Team, a forum for discussing sustainability projects and brainstorming new ideas for minimizing our campus's environmental footprint.

Facilities service requests: Visit Our Services to learn about what Facilities can do for you and to submit work orders.

Meet Our Sustainability Lead

  • Harris Schaer

    Associate Director of Energy Management and Sustainability, Facilities Engineering

    • 212-305-5738

    Harris Schaer works to integrate sustainable and energy efficient design into Columbia University Irving Medical Center's construction projects, identify innovative new technologies, and track CUIMC's environmental impact. Before joining CUIMC, Harris worked with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, where he led commercial real estate programs for the New York City area. He has lectured on energy efficiency in commercial buildings at Columbia University and served on the Urban Green Council's Building Resiliency Task Force.

    Harris received a BS in physics from the University of Chicago. He visited Iceland as a Fulbright Scholar, where he advanced efforts dedicated to transitioning Iceland’s transportation sector to hydrogen produced from locally abundant renewable resources. He received a MS in solid-state physics from the University of Iceland for his thesis on hydrogen storage. His hobbies include tall ship sailing and glass blowing.

    Office Address

    William Black Building
    650 W. 168th St., BB-02
    New York, NY 10036

    Honors, Achievements, and Certifications

    • Young Energy Professional of the Year, NY Chapter of Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), 2016
    • American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowship (Iceland), 2003-05
    • Fulbright Commission Scholarship to Iceland, 2003-04
    • LEED AP, US Green Building Council
    • DGCP - Distributed Generation Certified Professional, Association of Energy Engineers
    • CEM - AEE Certified Energy Manager, Association of Energy Engineers
    Harris Schaer